The Morning Joe crew talked about the VP debate, and, of course, they gave Biden more credit for doing well than he deserved. Mika believes that Biden mopped the floor with Ryan and chewed him up into a shriveled something or other, and Mika wasn't laughing, although she thought Biden's goofy laughter was appropriate because it showed his disdain for the nothingness of Ryan's and Romney's ideas. Damn straight!
Scarborough and Sam McKinnon felt like it was some sort of partisan draw with both sides thinking their side won, but the real question is how independents reacted. The political pundits like Howard Dean, Chuck Todd, David Gregory and Tom Brokaw all know Biden because Biden is a political professional who's been in DC forever, and Biden is a handshaker and backslapper and big smiler, so they overlook his weird side and his condescending side -- they all pretty much admitted they like Biden, so they see him differently. The country as a whole, no doubt, mostly saw Biden as arrogant and disrepectful, and, yes, goofy.
Scarborough led the stupid analyses on Morning Joe, with the consensus being that Romney/Ryan have not explained how they will pay for their "5 trillion dollar tax cut" and Obama/Biden will not consider entitlement reform, so the moderate solution, according to Scarborough and a few others is to do all of it -- the salmagundi strategy -- raise taxes, cut spending, reform entitlements, a little of all of it.
As I wrote yesterday, I'm tired of this attack on Romney's tax plan. Romney has placed limits on his plan, and this is what Scarborough and the rest of media are intentionally leaving out. I understand the Democrats spinning Romney's plan and lying about it, but why is Scarborough and Mckinnon doing the same? Romney has limited his plan by saying he will not add a penny to the debt. The study by Harvey Rosen that the Democrats are using to claim that Romney's tax plan will be a 5 trillion dollar tax cut and that closing loopholes and ending deductions won't pay for it, so the middle class will have to cough up 2000 extra dollars a year, doesn't claim what Democrats and centrists like Scarborough say it does. Rosen himself said that Democrats are misrepresenting his plan, that the reduction in the tax rate planned by Romney can be paid for by eliminating loopholes and deductions. Romney and Ryan have said more than once that they want the eliminated deductions to fall mainly on the wealthy, so Democrats should welcome such a plan to end corporate welfare. The other criticism is that Romney has not given specifics regarding the loopholes and eductions, but Romney and Ryan have explained that if they give specifics now before the elections, each elimination will be demagogued by Obama and the media. Romney is right when he says the best way to get this passed is to offer a bipartisan effort to identify and agree on the specifics. But back to the limits. If Romney has now cornered himself by saying he will not allow the reduction in the tax rate to add a penny to the debt, then even if it's impossible to pay for the 20% reduction in the tx rate completely, then Romney would have to accept something less than 20%. This is a dishonest attack on Romney and continuing to call it a 5 trillion dollar tax cut, like Scarborough did this morning four or five times is simply a smear tactic, sloppy analysis, and it's unfair.
This moderate, salmagundi strategy is malarkey. Scarborough and company, expecially his No Label pals like McKinnon, sit on the sidelines and make false equivalencies regarding the wrong positions of both parties -- of course, they have the centrist answer, the combination answer to solve the nation's problems. They like to say that both parties are equally wrong because one party wants to cut without taxing, and the other wants to tax without cutting. The truth is that neither side has cut up until now, and, even now, no one is talking about serious cuts. Rhetorically, the Republicans are correct, but, practically, statists on both sides have grown government so big, and the spending is so great that it's crowding out the private sector, and it's shut down the economy.
Rhetorically, Romney/Ryan are talking about growing the economy and creating new wealth, while Democrats are talking about government spending to prop up the economy. Democrats want to take more money from the private sector through taxing the rich -- this will only crowd out the private sector even more and pour more money down a black hole. Government is now borrowing 4 billion dollars a day to pay for our broken system, yet Democrats and moderates like Scarborough want to throw more money into this system.
First, the system has to be dismantled and the expansion of power has to be rolled back. We have to limit the power of government and allow economic freedom to grow the economy. We have to have real cuts in government, not just taking a little off planned spending increases. Whole government programs and departments have to be cut. We have to allow free market energy production, and government has to remove all economy killing regulations.
What the Republican moderates and Democrats are fighting over is control of a broken system, and no matter who controls it, the spending is automatic, and there aren't enough sources to tax, nor enough entitlement reform plans to fix the problems caused by the system. All plans will be watered down and thwarted with the present statist system. America needs revolutionary change, but I'm afraid no one is ready to call for what actually needs to be done. So, instead, they play the political game and pretend they're serious.